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My Kind of Town – Ballyer is! My kind of people too. People who – smile at you

Between the Bookcases

Part of the International Literature Festival Dublin 2017


24th May 2017

at Ballyfermot library

The R & P Sessions

(Rap and Prose)

A selection of photos

Before the event

Kevin Gildea

Kevin Gildea


Nugget live


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Declan Gerraghty

Declan 3

Justine Reilly

Justine Reilly does Stand up

David Spain

David Spain reads The Woman who ate a whole Princess

Ken Nolan

Ken Nolan - poet from Tallaght

Ken Larkin

Ken Larkin reads a poem about growing up in Ballyer

Harry Browne

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Camillus John


Mary O’Sullivan and Together FM

Mary Sullivan and Together FM people

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Rik V




16 Imaginary Things People Might Be Saying About Between the Bookcases * in the Future. Possibly.


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16 Imaginary Things People Might Be Saying About Between the Bookcases * in the Future. Possibly.

  1. “Like most people I hate literary events – but this one was ok.” Kevin Gildea.
  2. “It was better than sex.” Pope Francis.
  3. “This event was dynamite. It blew my brains out and splattered them over my four living room walls.” Quentin Tarantino.
  4. “This event kicked experimentation in the groin, poked convention in the eyes and dropped ice-cubes down the neck of all common-sense. Or was that my mother? Hold on, I think it was. What were you talking about again?” Your mother.
  5. “I haven’t been this excited since seeing the Dutch tax-rate for non-residents for the very first time.” Bono.
  6. “So good I threw my husband out the window.” Madonna.
  7. “This event has so much depth, you’ll drown.” Russell Brand.
  8. “Others carp that modern literary events contain too much sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. But I completely disagree. In my opinion, you can never have enough of that sort of thing of a wet Wednesday evening in May.” Desperate Dan.
  9. “The only thing better than having a literary event in Ballyfermot library handy to look forward to attending, is not having a literary event in Ballyfermot library handy to look forward to.” Oscar Wilde.
  10. “James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde went in to a Dublin pub and said to the bartender – We’ll have three tickets to Between The Bookcases please with three whiskey chasers on the side.I’d advise everyone to do the same.” Brendan Behan.
  11. “You’ll want to see its most provoking parts over and over and chances are twenty minutes from the end of the show you won’t be able to remember a fecking thing. Which is very nice and decent of the organisers, I think. Bravo!” The seventh dwarf.
  12. “I’ve seen the best minds of my generation destroyed by literary events, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the tax-sheltered streets at dawn looking for an angry fix. Angelheaded hipsters.” Allen Ginsberg.
  13. “Did exactly what it said on the Tintern Abbey.” Flann O’Brien.
  14. “A literary event is like a box of chocolates. You never know when you’ll bite into a hard one and break one of your teeth.” Conor McGregor.
  15. “Between The Bookcases was like an onion, having layer upon layer upon layer of meaning and with each layer making you cry more bitterly than the last.” Samuel Beckett.
  16. “Between the Bookcases was not the messiah, it was just a naughty little boy.” Molly Bloom.



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Rik V

Between the Bookcases: Pre-Event Conceptual Art Happening: Hugging Will Self, fictionally.

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A Janey Macken Street Exclusive:

Pre-Event Conceptual Art Happening

Hugging Will Self, fictionally.


The BWG event, Between The Bookcases, in the International Literature Festival Dublin 2017, actually takes place at the same time as Will Self’s event at the Smock Alley Theatre on 24th May 2017 in the same festival.

By a strange coincidence, in 2014, Camillus John, writer and organiser of Ballyfermot Writers Group, had a story published in The Stinging Fly, literary journal, entitled, The Pervert’s Guide to Modern Fiction by Mrs Pimple, in which Morrissey gives Will Self a hug on International Men’s Day.  See the particular gobbet from the story in question pasted in below.

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As an example of Irish hospitality at its finest, and also as a piece of modern conceptual art, Camillus John will send Will Self a fictional hug from Morrissey on the night of Will’s talk at the festival, by reading the relevant gobbet of prose from his story before BWG’s Between the Bookcases event. He will read this in private with, perhaps, other members of BWG, in Room 3 of the library at 5.55 p.m. Or read it fictionally.

Thus, in this way, Will Self will receive a fictional hug on the night from Morrissey via Ballyfermot Writers’ Group to calm his nerves and welcome him, experimentally, to Ireland (and the festival), before he goes on stage. A piece of conceptual art. A happening. As it were.

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However, as the act of hugging is a very private act, people can only attend this pre-event fictionally and cannot attend in person. How? They can do this by reading said gobbet of prose themselves at 5.55 p.m. on the night of the event. In fact, they don’t even need to read it in actuality but can read it fictionally in their minds instead if they wish i.e. pretend they’d read it at 5.55 p.m. on the night of the event. That would do too. The more people that are fictionally doing this at 5.55 p.m. on the night, then the warmer the fictional hug Will Self will receive.

i.e. Ballyfermot Writers Group plan to hug Will Self in fiction through Morrissey at the upcoming International Literature Festival 2017.

This is an attempt to answer the questions; What is fiction? What is reality?


The gobbet of prose in question is as follows.


The Pervert’s Guide to Modern Fiction

By Mrs Pimple

 Written By Camillus John


NYE 3 pm: Why did Will Self write Autobiography by Morrissey?

‘The horrors of my private education, Mrs. Pimple, made me feel like running up on stage and hugging. Close, very close. To get some release. The bouncers offered no resistance. I was now up on stage with both arms spread out like aeroplane wings ready to clasp Morrissey to my bosom.

‘The stage lights flashed rainbows as I moved slowly towards him. The instrumental break was fast approaching and I’d use this opportunity to hug and then go; without as much as causing a spilt lyric or a dropped note. That was the plan. Then I’d melt right back into his audience Mrs. Pimple. That was the complete plan. Full stop.

‘I reached the singer and went in for the two second hug. And was hugged back. But pop went the weasel in both my arms at that point. Crackety-crack. We locked in spasm. I couldn’t untangle, rigidly enclosing the singer who tried to finish the song as best he could, deep now in my awkward embrace.

‘The bouncers came flooding but the singer stopped them. He understood that this was an osteopathic mishap. Perhaps more. The singer and I exchanged words as the band played on in the background and the stage lights wrote fiction in colour on our faces.

‘This was the last song in the encore, so it mattered little in the great scheme of things; everyone had already received their evening’s worth. Perhaps more. The band stopped and the audience stood in silence watching, aching, unable to leave. All I had to do was wait. It would unravel itself, this most un-Gordian of knots.

‘Five minutes in, and still our hug held sway, alongside the audience’s silent participation, when up piped Morrissey:

‘Only an Irish singer-songwriter can save us now!’

‘With that, Damien Dempsey sprang up from stage left like popping toast with a tuned-up guitar primed and ready to go off. He sang about not letting all those negative vibes and comments get in on top of you and doing damage.

‘Everything loosened Mrs. Pimple. Everything released. I wrote Autobiography by Morrissey, written by Will Self, right there on stage. It was quite charming. And liberating. The first men’s liberation day proper in my book.’


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Rik V

Ballyfermot Writers’ Group – Up there with Will Self!

Between the Bookcases Poster Official-page-001

Our event is now listed on the festival’s official website!

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and you can book tickets here –


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Ballyfermot is now officially up there right beside Will Self, no less. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Sceenshot Will Self - BWG

It’s all good.

Now that Ballyfermot is firmly established as the literature hub of Ireland – next we take Berlin!

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Rik V

Gobstop the Presses – Ballyfermot Writers Group Goes International!


Ballyfermot Writers Group, which is based in Ballyfermot Library, and is only one year old, has won the opportunity to hold an official Stories in the City event called, Between the Bookcases, in the upcoming International Literature Festival Dublin 2017.




It takes place in Ballyfermot library on 24th May 2017.

Refreshments at 6. p.m. Show starts promptly at 6.30 p.m.

Comedian / Writer, Kevin Gildea, has been chosen by the festival to mentor Ballyfermot Writer’s Group and help them plan and organise the event.


The event is an evening of songs, stories and sketches and is a celebration of writing groups across the city.

Shelagh Delaney 

“I dreamt of you last night and I fell out of bed twice.’

Above: Shelagh Delaney in New York in 1961, with Brendan Behan, during a run of her Broadway play.

Performers on the night include –

  • Kevin Gildea, Comedian / Writer
  • Rap Artist Nugget
  • Members of Ballyfermot Writers Group
  • Singer/Songwriter Daveyinthevalley
  • Poet Kenneth Nolan
  • Local History Author Ken Larkin
  • Sci-Fi Author Harry Browne
  • Author Doctor Ciara Conway (who has a book forthcoming on Abbey Actresses of the 1930s)
  • And other special guests!
  • MC for the evening; Author / Playwright Declan Geraghty.


The official Poster and link are to follow when they are to hand.

Keep posted!


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Rik V